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Google Pay Singapore adds menu sharing to aid local F&B outlets during Covid-19 period

By Ken Wong - on 29 Apr 2020, 12:28am

Google Pay Singapore adds menu sharing to aid local F&B outlets during Covid-19 period

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Social distancing and Work From Home orders brought about by Covid-19 have not only impacted offices but the Singapore's food and beverage (F&B) sector by restricting them to only takeaway or deliveries. And if it's one thing that Singaporeans all love, its food. Never ever mess with our meals!


New to the Google Pay Singapore App

Google Pay Singapore is releasing a new “Menu Discovery” feature to turn their Google Pay app into a platform to bring F&B outlets and the hungry together. Using location-based services from Google Maps, the app will suggest food outlets based on where the user is.

Users can filter menu options according to cuisine, delivery or pick-up options, and price range. They order via the app or WhatsApp and pay. Depending on the outlet, they can arrange for food pickup or delivery as well as arranging payment via the app or cash on pickup or delivery.


Don’t we have food delivery apps already?

While it is also a platform similar to FoodPanda and Deliveroo, the difference here is that it also features F&B outlets that didn’t sign up to Google Pay. Those interested can certainly sign up by filling in a form but choosing not to do so does not result in its removal from the app.

There are currently 250 F&B outlets on the app. New eateries have the option of joining many other participating restaurants who accept orders and payment on the Google Pay Singapore app through partners like ​Aigens​, ​FoodZaps, Novitee,​TabSquare,​or ​Waitrr.​ Google Singapore is also working with Chope to make its menu discovery option possible for Chope affiliated food establishments.


Paying can be easy with the right bank tie-up

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Singapore now the third country in the world, after India and the US, where the Google Pay peer-to-peer funds transfer service is available.

Google Pay Singapore and OCBC bank have integrated Google Pay with PayNow, a Singaporean P2P payments service backed by local banking institutions. With the integration, OCBC customers can pay directly from their bank accounts to anyone registered to PayNow using the Google Pay app.

Google Singapore announced that they are in talks with DBS and Standard Chartered Bank to join as well.


Building on the app's success

According to Patrick Teo, Engineering Director for Payments and Engineering Site Lead, Google Singapore, the company is already looking at what else they can bring to the app. Some features to come include:

  • Tap and Pay in Transit - commuters can use the app island-wide on buses and the MRT stations by simply tapping their Android phone onto the fare gate and they’re ready to board
  • Scratchcards - a fun feature that lets users win scratch cards with chances to earn cashback when using Google Pay on eligible transactions
  • Order Food - Users can order takeaway from their favourite restaurants and skip the queue when picking up; they pay the bill with any debit or credit card on Google Pay
  • Buying Movie Tickets - Users can find upcoming movies, select seats, and book tickets on Google Pay; their tickets are stored in the app, so they’ll just need their phone when it’s showtime

Interested users can download the new Google Pay Singapore app for Android and iOS at these URLs.

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